Mogoeng Mogoeng, Chief Justice, has slammed racism, labelling it as a major setback to the country’s development.
On Thursday night, at the opening of the conference of the South African Union for Progressive Judaism and the Temple Israel Heritage Centre in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, Mogoeng gave his keynote address.
Topics Mogoeng concentrated on were, racism, corruption, the land question and the period of despair in which South African find themselves.
"We need to end this embarrassment. We know there is nothing behind skin colour. Why are we allowing to be trapped by something so useless? We know that the foundation of the injustices of the past is racism‚" Mogoeng said.
Mogoeng took the time to reflect on the vision of former president Nelson Mandela. That vision was a free country that belongs to all who live in it. Mogoeng’s plea was that the people should individually try and find ways to combat racism. This would open up time to enable South Africans to focus on more pressing societal issues.
Even though the country was hit by a ratings downgrade, Mogoeng said this is no reason for civilians to lose hope.
"Be able to locate hope even when everyone else is giving up ... You have racism‚ junk status and now it looks like a hopeless situation‚" he added.
He did however, caution against the country taking the issue of land redistribution for granted.
"Don't mislead investors. Don't tell them the land issue is not a problem. It is a problem. Whoever comes into the country must come with their eyes open‚" Mogoeng warned.
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